A Columbus police officer shot several times as authorities attempted to serve a search warrant is in stable condition in an Omaha hospital, according to the Columbus Police Department.
Sergeant Bradley Wangler, a 19-year veteran of the force, was wounded in the shoulder and neck as he exchanged gunfire with 24-year-old Jorge Robledo Thursday evening.
Wangler was taken first to Columbus Community Hospital, then transferred to the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
The Columbus Telegram reports Wangler was one of two officers attempting to serve the warrant after receiving an anonymous tip that Robledo was at the residence.
Columbus police say Robledo, who is from Grand Island, was wanted for on drug charges as well as for driving under suspension. Hall County authorities issued the warrant after Robledo failed to appear for a preliminary hearing May 7th.
Capt. Todd Thalken told the newspaper Wangler absorbed a “direct hit” on the breastplate of his protective vest during the shootout.
Robledo suffered numerous wounds in the shootout. He is listed in critical condition at UNMC.
Columbus police say Wangler is the first officer to be shot in the line of duty since the 1970s.